Originally Posted by Noodler
I don't agree with the philosophy that lift will negatively effect powder skiing performance. If you search the threads you'll see that we've debated this multiple times. I believe that delta angle has much more of an impact than overall lift (as long as the lift isn't excessive). I agree that having some lift will make a wider ski more manageable when dealing with groomers. I threw a Rossi T-Plate under my Look P12 Jibs on my Stockli Stormrider DP setup to get an additional 10mm of lift.
Note that I am by no means a powder expert. I still haven't broken into double digits for the number of days I've had in powder above my knees (I've only been in CO for 5 years).
I agree with Noodler.
lift has been a bugaboo since the first Derbyflex. at that time lifts were to prevent "boot-out" and the Derbyflex had an additional damping component that helped soothe the tired racer's legs.
the thing about lift is what it does to your feel for the ski/snow interface, and more particularly, whether it creates a different feel than what you traditionally have used. if in the past you've skied on binders that have you close to the ski's topsheet, you will probably feel like you're skiing on a skyscraper, far above the snow.
you can get over this feeling by continuing to use the skis.
more important is the notion of ramp angle established between toe and heel points.
I discovered at ESA-Big Sky that the 5mm additional heel height in the Look/Rossi pivot binders puts me in an ideal fore/aft balance position. I notice this when I ski on other skis that are neutral (no heel height advantage) because then, I feel like I have to exaggerate my forward weighting and pressure to get the shovels to engage.
when I'm at the proper ramp angle, I ski beneath my feet. not with exaggerated fore-weighting.